January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”. Ski areas around Reno / Lake Tahoe are offering deals designed to get new skiers and snowboarders on the slopes and to help veterans improve their technique during the winter season. Many ski resorts are offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, rentals and more, giving you incentives to try a new sport.

Not every ski area officially participates in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, but even those that don’t have pretty good beginner packages for first-timers on the slopes. Check out “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” for some of the available offerings.

Of course, not everyone wants to slide down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Learn more about just plain fun in the snow and perhaps some sledding or tubing from “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! May you have a joyous and safe holiday and a New Year that brings happiness and prosperity.

Christmas holiday lights, home in Reno, Nevada, NV

Photo © Stan White

Don’t want to cook on Christmas? Learn about “Christmas Day Dining in Reno and Sparks” and enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends.

Other suggestions for things to do on Christmas include going for a ride to see some Christmas lights displays or perhaps taking a turn around the ice at the Reno Ice Rink at Greater Nevada Field.

If you are looking for things to do with the kids during winter break at Washoe County Schools, refer to “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks.”

New Year’s Eve wraps up the holiday season. There are some awesome parties and spectacular fireworks to bring in 2018, around Reno, up at Lake Tahoe and throughout northern Nevada.

Winter break for the Washoe County School District is Monday, December 24, 2018 through Friday, January 11, 2019. That’s three weeks, so it’s a good thing there are plenty activities to keep the kids busy.

There are Winter Break Camps for kids happening all around the Truckee Meadows. These range from organized activities by the recreation departments of both Reno and Sparks to educational fun at UNR and art camps at Arts for All Nevada. Check “Winter Break Camps and Activities in Reno and Sparks” for details.

There are lots of other things to do as well…

If you plan on going up to the mountains, carry your chains and be prepared for winter driving conditions. Before heading out, make sure your car is in good shape and check highway conditions and the weather forecast. If it gets really snowy, be sure to read and heed the information in “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”